Thursday, November 19, 2015

Recipes for Thanksgiving


Hello Folks ~ Thanksgiving is a week from today and I’m sure most of you are thinking about the dinner to be served/shared that day.

My brother-in-law and sis-in-law, Todd and Sue, are coming here for dinner. I am excited. I bought an almost 12 Butterball young turkey, will make a sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, asparagus vinaigrette, green bean casserole and spicy pumpkin tiramisu. Sue is bringing rolls, carrot soufflé, a pecan pie and Chardonnay.

The green bean casserole is not made with canned mushroom soup, or canned French fried onion rings, it is made from scratch. I don’t know where I found the recipe but it is delicious and people love it and want the recipe.

So, here’s the recipe, in case any of you would like to try it.


Green Bean Casserole

3 tablespoons canola oil, divided (or olive oil)
1 medium sweet onion (half diced, half thinly sliced), divided
8 ounces mushrooms, chopped
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2/3 cup all-purpose flour, divided
1 cup low-fat milk
3 tablespoons dry sherry
1 pound frozen French-cut green beans (about 4 cups)
1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
3 tablespoons buttermilk powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 2 1/2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add diced onion and cook, stirring often, until softened and slightly translucent, about 4 minutes. Stir in mushrooms, onion powder, 1 teaspoon salt, thyme and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the mushroom juices are almost evaporated, 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle 1/3 cup flour over the vegetables; stir to coat. Add milk and sherry and bring to a simmer, stirring often. Stir in green beans and return to a simmer. Cook, stirring, until heated through, about 1 minute. Stir in sour cream and buttermilk powder. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.

3. Whisk the remaining 1/3 cup flour, paprika, garlic powder and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a shallow dish. Add sliced onion; toss to coat. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion along with any remaining flour mixture and cook, turning once or twice, until golden and crispy, 4 to 5 minutes. Spread the onion topping over the casserole.

4. Bake the casserole until bubbling, about 15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.


Now, here is the recipe for the tiramisu.  My husband and I both loved this.  Got the recipe many years ago from a lady in ‘Country Life’ forum.  It is fantastic.  One year I switched out the pumpkin for peanut butter, for DH’s birthday and that was a big hit.



1 package Italian Ladyfingers (Soft, not hard cookies)
1/8 cup Frangelico liqueur or Triple Sec (or orange juice)
8 oz. Mascarpone (or cream cheese)
1/2 cup canned Pumpkin Puree
1 tsp. ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground Ginger
1/4 tsp. ground Mace
1-1/2 cups Confectioner's Sugar
1 tsp. Orange Extract
2-1/2 cups Heavy Cream, whipped and chilled, divided

Arrange ladyfingers on the bottom of a 9-inch square pan. Pour the Frangelico liqueur over the soft sweet ladyfingers. (I used a little more.) Smile (You may substitute the same volume of Orange Juice for a non-alcoholic preparation.)

In a mixing bowl, blend together the mascarpone with the pumpkin puree. Add the cinnamon, ginger, mace, confectioner's sugar and orange extract.

Fold in 1-1/2 cups of the whipped cream. Pour the mixture over lady fingers.

Gently spread remaining whipped cream on top of pumpkin mixture. Sprinkle the top with a dash or two of additional cinnamon, if desired.

Cover and refrigerate at least two hours before serving, or overnight.
Slice to serve.

I will be busy this next week, so if you don’t hear from me again, you know what I’m doing, getting ready, as most of you will be too.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week and day. Count your blessings. God has blessed us with so much.



Jane said...

Sounds like quite a spread, Rainey! That green bean casserole recipe sounds delicious. I'll have to copy it. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Sallysmom said...

I am happy for you that you will not be alone on Thanksgiving. Have a really wonderful day.

Rebecca said...

It all sounds quite delicious and like a perfect way to celebrate. My! You are quite the accomplished chef with such unique and special recipes. We will be traveling for our thanksgiving meal and will contribute $$ for the meat portion of the meal.

Janneke said...

So nice your in laws come to celebrate Thanksgiving with you. The recipes sound great, first I read the recipe of the bean casserole and I thought, nice I can try this, but then I saw the pumpkin tiramisu recipe, wow, I think I'm going to make that for my garden friends when they come here for dinner in December.
Thank you ande have a nice time!
Regards, Janneke

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

Sounds like Thanksgiving will be good at your house. The recipes look good too.

Nancy J said...

Thanksgiving will be truly that, with family, and a meal to be so enjoyed. Great recipes, I can see you will be busy, but so worthwhile the extra time to make those dishes. Enjoy your time together.

crafty cat corner said...

Looks like you're going to have a good time, enjoy.

Sharrieboberry said...

I haven't tried Green Bean Casserole--made from scratch or otherwise! Usually, that's the dish brought to the dinner by the people that don't really cook. They just open cans and dump it all together--no thanks!

If someone actually took the time to make it from scratch, I would try it!

Ruth Hiebert said...

Looks like your home will be filled with love and happy smells of good food.

janiceflorida said...

We're entering that busy time of year, aren't we? We'll be guests at Thanksgiving, but I'll be doing the Christmas cooking. Enjoy your company and your feast. Happy Thanksgiving!

A Joyful Cottage said...

Oh, you're Thanksgiving is going to be lovely and delicious, Rainey. I have no idea what we're doing for Thanksgiving, but it's certain that I'll be thinking of you and happy you will be surrounded with love. Hugs, Nancy

Lynn McIntosh said...

Your recipes sound wonderful! I'd love to try that tiramisu, but I've cut out sugar completely...oh, it's tempting though! I'll have to think about it a little more, lol! Enjoy and have a lovely Thanksgiving!

Val said...

Enjoy! ♥

Morning's Minion said...

Your recipe for green bean casserole lifts that staple to the level of gourmet. I will make that sometime. I never use the canned onion topping--always thinly slice sweet onions and saute in butter.
Have a lovely feast for Thanksgiving!

Maryann said...

Your recipe for green bean casserole sounds yummy. Hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving!!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Your Thanksgiving dinner sounds wonderful! I've never seen a recipe for green bean casserole, made from scratch - thank you for that! The Tiramisu sounds absolutely decadent - oh, your guests are going to be so spoiled! Wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving, Lorraine! Hugs xo Karen

Melanie said...

Your green bean casserole sounds so good - a lot better than that ol' cream of mushroom soup & Durkee fried onion casserole, that's for sure! I'm into healthy and "clean" eating, so canned soups and artificial onions aren't on my menu at any time. ;-) We are going to my cousin's house and I am making/bringing glazed roasted carrots, a corn souffle, and green beans with pecans.

Consider It All Joy said...

May you enjoy a beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving week, Rainey! Enjoy your family,great food and God's love! Blessings, Cindy

BeachGypsy said...

You are going to be very busy getting ready but you are going to enjoy your holiday so much!!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Enjoy their visit and your holiday and thank you for these delicious recipes :)

Kit said...

Everything sounds so yummy! Glad you will have family with you for the holiday. I am eagerly anticipating next week. :) Happy Thanksgiving! Love, Kit

gld said...

I am saving both of these. My sis makes tiramisu and would enjoy that recipe. She also makes the canned version of green bean casserole and this would be a nice change.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am so happy you will have family with you.

M.K. said...

Oh dear -- I'm trying to decide now if I should be brave, and ditch my usual green bean casserole recipe, and use YOURS instead! It looks so good, and I know it would taste 10x better. I'm always afraid I'll mess it up. It does sound delicious. I hope you don't mind if I share this blog post link on facebook, because I think lots of people would love to know about this recipe! Thanks!